As I’ve mentioned previously, I am an undecided voter. In my continuing effort to decide, I had the thought that I could steal an idea from a bunch of sitcoms and make pro and con lists for both candidates. I know full well that this won’t do much good. It’s not like all pros and cons are created equal. But, I thought it would be a fun exercise. I will start with Hillary Clinton, not for any good reason. I’m just going to start with her.
Hillary Clinton – Pros:
- By all accounts, she is extremely smart.
- By all accounts, she works harder than anyone.
- She has a unique perspective as a former first lady, former senator and former secretary of state.
- She would appoint progressive Supreme Court Justices.
- Her record shows that she gets things done.
- She’s a woman.
- She has shown a willingness to be open minded and even change her mind.
- She has been a consistent advocate of gun control.
- She has been a consistent advocate for children.
- She has been a consistent advocate for women.
- She is pragmatic.
- She would fight climate change.
- She would protect Obama’s legacy.
Hillary Clinton – Cons:
- She has, at times, shown bad judgement – see email servers.
- She is polarizing.
- Through little fault of her own, she has a lot of baggage.
- She is too old.
- She is too comfortable with the economic status quo.
Bernie Sanders – Pros:
- He understands how evil the banks are.
- Single payer health care would be nice.
- Free education (whatever that means, probably single payer education) would be nice.
- He is Jewish.
- He would appoint progressive Supreme Court justices.
- He has been a dedicated public servant for many years.
- He is more pragmatic than people think.
- He has a Keynesian outlook.
- He would fight climate change.
- He would probably protect Obama’s legacy.
- He doesn’t seem to understand what the word revolution means.
- He is too old.
- His supporters are polarizing.
- He has never been a good advocate for gun control.
- He seems to see everything through a class lens.
- He doesn’t make it clear that he understands how the world has changed since the 60s.
I know this is nowhere near a complete list for either candidate. It is just where my thoughts tend to go when I think about them. I still don’t see any big difference between them. And I still think O’Malley was our best choice. I guess it may be a coin flip when I vote in April. I guess I can take solace in the fact that neither are likely to be disastrous and both have the potential to be excellent.